Best Fourth in the North' selects theme

TICONDEROGA - The 2010 Best Fourth in the North will look back and forward.

The organizing committee for the annual Ticonderoga July 4th celebration has declared "Bridging the Gap Together, Past and Future" as the theme for this year's event.

As events near, the committee is seeking participants for the annual parade.

"Ticonderoga's Best Fourth in the North would like to encourage all local businesses, associations, individuals and organizations to put a float together and participate in this year's parade," said Molly Bechard of the July 4th committee. "It doesn't cost a thing."

Parade applications can be obtained on the website best4thinthenorth.com or by contacting Angela at Century 21, 992 NYS Route 9N, Ticonderoga.

Tentative plans call for a four-day celebration in 2010.

Festivities in Bicentennial Park are expected to start Thursday, July 1, with the annual amusement rides, games, vendors and entertainment.

Bands The Heard and Lord Howe are scheduled to perform in the park on Friday.

Daniel Ray Edwards will return for a Saturday performance.

Jim Cawley, an Elvis impersonator, will perform on Sunday prior to the annual fireworks display.

Sunday will also feature the 24th annual Montcalm Mile road race, a bed race and the traditional July 4th parade.

The Montcalm Mile will race along the parade route at 1:45 p.m. It will be followed by the bed race and then the parade at 2 p.m.

The Montcalm Mile will start in front of Wicker Ford on Wicker Street and proceed down Montcalm Street to the finish at the Heritage Museum.

A record field of more than 200 runners competed in the 2009 Montcalm Mile. Race director Jim Cunningham hopes to top that mark this year.

It's a downhill course that virtually assures runners of personal bests and attracts most of the region's top athletes. Also attracting runners is the fact the race is run minutes prior to Ticonderoga's annual Fourth of July parade, which means hundreds of spectators line the course offering encouragement.

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